About Us

Our purpose

Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace (PSJP) is a network for social change. Its purpose is to support the development and adoption of new ideas. PSJP also works to connect and strengthen institutions, groups and individuals who are doing this work on the ground, and those who are resourcing and supporting the work in many different ways.

Our goals

  1. To contribute to the reframing of the social change narrative about transformative work for justice and peace and the role of philanthropy in it.
  2. To help increase the impact of philanthropy on root causes of poverty, marginalization and violence.
  3. To assist in the development of locally appropriate means of communication and collaboration among regional social change leaders and activists who are looking for ways to make their work more effective locally, while linked to wider efforts.

Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace framework 2017-2020

In order to achieve these goals, the work must be iterative and needs to be responsive to the problems before us, which are complex and increasingly unpredictable. Therefore PSJP operates with a three-year broad and flexible enabling framework as opposed to a discreet plan of pre-determined activities.

Over the next three years PSJP will pursue the following three interlinked and overlapping strategic areas in order to meet our goals:

1.    Reframing social change

We will reframe a narrative of the social change we want beyond the current crisis. We will do this iteratively with social change advocates from all sectors, activists and funders. We believe that ‘reframing’ involves an acknowledgement of the tactical errors that we (as foundations and change agents) have made in the past; a vision of the world we want and; an understanding of our roles in faster solutions that bring people together.

2.    Philanthropy learning circle

For philanthropy to have a significant impact on root causes of poverty, marginalisation and violence, it needs to be better aligned with other social change and development agendas that are people led.

We will work to determine where does philanthropy play its most effective role in the social change continuum. In order for this to happen we will actively seek to:

  • Create dialogue spaces across sectors for explorations of more effective transformative action for social change in support of justice and equality.
  • Share knowledge and experience of practices and evidence of strategies that work in situations of entrenched social injustice and/or violent conflict.
  • Devise more appropriate and effective ways to resource social change work.

3.    Create locally appropriate infrastructure

Social change strategies need to be relevant to the places and the circumstances to which they are applied. Currently, most of the analysis and strategies for supporting social change work are based on organizations and practices in the Global North. The Global South has dynamic civil societies, traditions of community action and locally appropriate philanthropic cultures—and the emergence of new philanthropy resulting from new wealth in the region. However, what it often lacks is an infrastructure that supports analysis and research, and the opportunities to debate and to share experience.

PSJP will, therefore, assist in the development of appropriate means of communication and collaboration among regional social change leaders and activists who are looking for ways to make their work more effective locally, while linked to wider efforts. PSJP will work with local social change leaders in all regions of the world to help build capacities of the local social change eco-system, including philanthropy.

How we work

PSJP has minimal structure and is based on the principles of self-organization. A critical function of PSJP is to create an enabling environment, allowing communication to flow, relationships to evolve and collaborative action to self-organise to achieve the PSJP goals. The following methods of participant engagement are used in the network to enable this:

  1. Task groups – Our work is tied to practical action. Participants can organize into task-groups for each strategic action. Task groups are voluntary short-term “task and finish” groups.
  2. Producing and disseminating knowledge resources- Participants will share knowledge, analyses, opinions and other resources on an array of appropriate platforms including http://www.psjp.org/
  3. Connection –PSJP plays an interstitial role helping to bridge different actors who would benefit from connections with each other.
  4. Data– Data collection and analysis through surveys, interviews and other means are an important aspect of the work.

How can you participate in PSJP?

PSJP is an open network for those working for social justice and peace. Participation in the network is an opportunity to have a bigger impact on problems of poverty and injustice collectively. We seek participation from all regions of the world. Participants can include those who work at foundations of any sort, community-based organizations, activists, analysts and others committed to ending structural injustice and violence.

Participation in PSJP means commitments of work toward the PSJP goals and framework. Participants will be the agents who make this work happen in a variety of waysbut the key format is by joining a task group. Other ways of working within PSJP could include: bringing new ideas or proposing new task groups, helping make connections among groups, hosting relevant gatherings, sharing experience and knowledge, and advocating for the work.

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Our governance

The Management Team of PSJP is a seven-member team that provides leadership, day-to-day executive oversight for the network, monitoring the implementation of the PSJP framework, and serves the role of the network facilitator. It is a group of individuals representing the PSJP participants as well as the fiscal hosts of the network and supported by the PSJP Coordinator. The Management team is elected every three years by the PSJP participants with terms renewable.

Management Team